In a major shock to those who believe in evolution, a study of the genetic code shows the human race sprang from a single adult couple.
The research was led by the Rockefeller University and the University of Basel, Switzerland, and stunned all involved.
“This conclusion is very surprising,” said David Thaler, research associate from the University of Basel. “And I fought against it as hard as I could.”
Researchers say the first couple arose after a catastrophic event than nearly wiped out the human race. Senior research associate Mark Stoeckle and Thaler, the two scientists who headed the study, concluded 90 percent of all animal species alive today come from parents that all began giving birth at roughly the same time, less than 250 thousand years ago — throwing into doubt the patterns of human evolution.
Another surprise for the scientists, however, was that nine of every 10 animal species also come from a single pair of beings.
“At a time when humans place so much emphasis on individual and group differences, maybe we should spend more time on the ways in which we resemble one another and the rest of the animal kingdom,” said Stoeckle.